On a recent visit to Sammy Europe's booth at ECTS, we were shown a version of Space Invaders: Invasion Day, which is scheduled for release in Europe next week. Despite its radically different appearance, the game remains true to its roots and adds a number of interesting new features to the equation. Our demonstration of Invasion Day kicked off with a look at the game's lengthy intro sequence, which, like those in the Tekken games, introduced us to each of the three playable characters by showing the ways in which their lives were affected when the invasion commenced and the aliens caused chaos and destruction in the city. Parts of the intro movie were reminiscent of Independence Day, while the aliens themselves bore more than a passing resemblance to those in Starship Troopers. Despite having the appearance of a standard third-person action game, the gameplay in Invasion Day is actually a lot like that in the original Space Invaders arcade game. The chosen character strafes from … [Read more...] about Space Invaders: Invasion Day Impressions
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Empire Interactive has today announced that it has acquired the European and North American publishing rights to Space Invaders Anniversary for the PlayStation 2 and the worldwide rights to Space Invaders '95 for the PC. Space Invaders Anniversary is currently scheduled for release sometime in the next few months, while Space Invaders '95 will ship to stores later in the year. The release of Space Invaders Anniversary for the PS2 will coincide both with the 25th anniversary of the original Space Invaders arcade machine and with the 50th anniversary of Taito Corporation. The game will include the following nine different versions of Space Invaders: Space Invaders Tabletop: Cellophane version "The Space Invaders franchise is a recognized global brand with proven mass-market appeal. The original game was at the forefront of the development of the video gaming industry, and an anniversary edition has already proved a hit in Japan since it was relaunched before Christmas," said Ian … [Read more...] about Empire signs Space Invaders titles
Although the latest and the greatest games are making the biggest buzz at the Leipzig Games Convention this week, one classic arcade staple is finding itself in the spotlight again, thanks to a controversial piece of art. The installation, Invaders!, juxtaposes an adapted version of Space Invaders against a backdrop featuring the World Trade Center towers destroyed in a September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Created by French-American artist Douglas Edric Stanley, Invaders is at the Games Convention as part of Space Invaders: The Anniversary Show, a 30th anniversary homage to the touchstone Taito game. The exhibit also features an original Space Invaders arcade game and "comprehensive documentation" of the game's historical significance. The Games Convention write-up of Invaders explains a bit of the exhibit's message. "In [Stanley's] interactive large installation, the players must prevent the catastrophe by controlling the well-known cannon at the lower screen border with their bodies … [Read more...] about Space Invaders Leipzig exhibit sparks 9/11 controversy
Arcades may be a thing of the past in the West, but they're apparently just gaining momentum in Hollywood. Following up on news that Missile Command and Asteroids would be heading to the big screen, The Hollywood Reporter has indicated that the Taito classic Space Invaders has taken the first step toward a feature film adaptation. According to the report, producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Gigi Pritzker have optioned the rights to make a Space Invaders feature film. While this will be Pritzker's first game-to-film project (her previous credits include last year's Rabbit Hole and 2008's The Spirit), di Bonaventura has reached into the game industry for source material before. He was attached to produce a movie based on the arcade classic Asteroids in 2009 and had a hand in 2005's adaptation of Doom, which made it to theaters but was met with critical approbation. More recently, di Bonaventura has produced the Transformers and G.I. Joe big-screen adaptations. The project is still … [Read more...] about Space Invaders targeting big screen – Report
Taito's arcade classic shoot 'em up Space Invaders and its unique tale of invading aliens laying waste to the Earth in predictable waves are being mined for a feature film, The Wrap reports.Rights to the 1978 arcade game have reportedly been acquired by studio Warner Bros., and screenwriter-producer Akiva Goldsman is attached to produce the Space Invaders movie. Goldsman's credits include films like Lone Survivor, I Am Legend and the Paranormal Activity series, as well as TV show Fringe. He most recently wrote and directed Winter's Tale for Warner Bros.Space Invaders served as inspiration for the upcoming movie Pixels, which stars Adam Sandler and Peter Dinklage and was based on a Patrick Jean-directed short film of the same name (pictured above). It too will feature an alien invasion inspired by — and, in the film, caused by — classic arcade games.Hollywood has designs on turning other classic arcade games, like Asteroids and Missile Command, into feature … [Read more...] about A Space Invaders movie is in the works at Warner Bros.